Road Trip: New Mexico Through the Windshield

Oh, how we love to visit New Mexico. It truly is The Land of Enchantment! We are enchanted by all of New Mexico, but we are particularly fond of the northern half of the state with its gorgeous mountains, breathtaking landscapes, and intriguing Native American culture.

Adding to the enchantment, New Mexico has 15 national park units, three national historic trails, and seven national scenic byways! Since it’s impossible to stop for photos at every turn we decided to share a glimpse of what we’ve seen through the windshield on our road trips through the state. Please accept our apologies for the occasional blurs, bugs, and other imperfections. Enjoy the ride.

Northwest: The Four Corners Area

Mountains and wildflowers on US 160 near Four Corners Monument in the far northwest corner of the state.

Four Corners Monument is a Navajo park where the corners of the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona meet. Apart from our home state of Texas, those happen to be our four favorite states.

Here we are in all four states at once (kind of). Though not taken through the windshield, obviously, we had to stand in line to get our turn, and the people behind us were kind enough to take our picture.
Otherworldly landscape near Shiprock.
Ghostly Shiprock in a haze.

Shiprock is located on Navajo land about 15 miles southwest of the town of Shiprock. It is a 1,583-foot volcanic plug that is sacred to the Navajo people who believe the rock looks like a bird. According to legend, a big bird carried their ancestors to the top of the rock in order for them to settle in the area. The name Shiprock was coined by explorers in the 1800s who thought it looked like a ship.

Gorgeous Navajo landscape as seen from the highway near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
Heading south on Highway 550.

North Central: Closest to Santa Fe

Highway 442 near Taos

Highway 96 near Abiquiu Lake northwest of the town of Abiquiu (Abba-cue).
Near Los AlamosJemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway (click for website).
Another gorgeous Jemez Mountains view. (It’s not a video – that’s a road sign.)
On the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway (click for website) near the small town of Cerillos.
From Highway 14 – Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe.

West Central: Closest to Albuquerque

Highway 117 about 20 miles south of I-40 near Grants
Highway 53 between El Morrow National Monument and Ramah
On Highway 55 north of Mountainair, New Mexico

East Central: The Middle of Nowhere

Desolation. Highway 60 between Clovis and Fort Sumner.

South Central: Closest to Roswell

Sierra Blanca peak near Ruidoso.
Featured photo. Sacramento Mountains off of Highway 54.
Free range cattle near Carlsbad.

Southwestern: Closest to Las Cruces

The following views were from I-10 between Las Cruces and Lordsburg.

Are you enchanted yet?Β 

Thank you so much for joining us on our journey! We hope that we’ve given you a glimpse into the beautiful and diverse landscapes of New Mexico through our windshield. Our closing shot is from the north central area of the state.

If you’re looking for additional road trip inspiration, try these ideas:

Safe travels, y’all!

Mike and Kellye

As always, we strive to be as accurate with our information as possible. If we made a mistake, it was unintentional. (Hey, we’re only human!) Our opinions are our own.

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78 thoughts on “Road Trip: New Mexico Through the Windshield

  1. Oh my gosh, thank you for sharing so much beauty! I’ve never been in that state, it looks incredibly beautiful. How fun to stand in two different states at once! 😊

    1. Thanks so much, John! We have some really terrible shots too, but what can you do when you’re driving 80 mph down the highway? I hope you get to visit New Mexico one day. It’s definitely worth the trip.

  2. Very enchanted Kellye, so much stunning scenery to look at, photo opportunities all over. Love the photo of you both, awesome to be able to say you were in four states at once!

  3. I only had a taste of New Mexico several years ago when I was in Albuquerque for a conference. Despite a brief stay there, I fell in love with the Southwest US state, and I am dying to go back. I had no idea that places like the Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway were so lush and green; I figured that much of New Mexico was just desert– proved me wrong! Glad you had a fun road trip through the southwest US. πŸ™‚

  4. Great picture of you at Four Corners! That is one of my favorite stops when I’m driving south- I love to lay down and be in four places at once. New Mexico is wonderous with all the different landscapes within the state and you certainly showed that beautiful diversity in your pictures πŸ™‚
    (ps, I don’t know if wordpress is updating or if my computer is acting weird, but it says that I’m not following you even though I know I am. So if you get a bunch of notifications that I’m following you it’s just me trying to figure out where the hiccup is πŸ™‚ )

      1. The monument is also surrounded by permanent kisoks where people sell their goods. Last time we were there, you just drove up and went to the marker. There were hardly any other people around except for the ones selling things next to the road. Now it’s very commercialized. Everything is about the money now days.

  5. Thanks for the tour! Such unique landscapes. Thanks for the heads up that one picture wasn’t a video. It sure did look like one! Safe travels!

  6. Splendid landscapes and you have showcased them well Kellye. So much amazing scenery to see. Hopefully, it was not all through the windshield. Although, we are just back from a 2 day 1,320 km (820 mile) drive through smoke, rain and scenery, so who are we to talk. πŸ€— Happy Thursday Kellye. Allan

  7. What a great idea for a post! We loved our NM road trip, one of our favourites ever πŸ˜€ So much variety, so many scenic byways (as you have highlighted), and such stunning landscapes. Thank you for taking me back πŸ™‚

  8. We finally got to New Mexico last year and we loved it. We just didn’t have enough time. The whole southwest landscape is so alluring. I love it.

  9. We love road trips! I also take pictures while we drive, but mine are nowhere near as beautiful as yours. Lovely photo of you guys in all four states! It’s great to see so many different landscapes. Some of the long and open roads remind me a lot of our roads here in South Africa … so do the cattle along the road (here they think the roads belong to them 😁). Thanks for a great road trip!

  10. Ah Kellye, such a beautiful, dramatic and cinematic region. As non-drivers, your article is most likely the closest we will ever come to doing such a tour. The quietness and the desolation of much of this landscape definitely appeals to our introverted tendencies. I had to laugh at your “that’s not a video” comment, took me a few beats to understand. Yes, we are enchanted!

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